OSU college of Ag Sciences honors Hillsboro agriculturist

October 19, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - John Leffel, Hillsboro, is one of 38 men and women honored as a 2007 Diamond Pioneers Wednesday, October 17, by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

The 2007 group was formally added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry at a luncheon hosted by Dean of Agriculture Thayne Dutson. The registry, now in its 24th year, honors achievements by those 74 years and older in agriculture and related fields and their communities. The OSU Washington County Extension staff and the OSU animal sciences department nominated Leffel.

Leffel has worked in agriculture since graduating from OSU in 1955, first as a vocational agriculture teacher and then as an OSU Extension agent for 30 years. He served as an Extension agent working with crops and livestock in Yamhill, Polk, Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties from 1962 to 1992, when he retired.

In addition, Leffel served a short-term assignment in North Yemen where OSU had a contract to help the University of Sana. His assignment was to help develop a teaching and research farm for their schools of agriculture and veterinary medicine. He also was tapped by the National Sheep Growers Association to serve on their National Extension Blueprint for Expansion committee.

During his tenure, Leffel helped establish the Washington County Livestock Association in 1965 and started the county’s Youth Auction 42 years ago. He has served as secretary and administrative assistant for the Western Oregon Livestock Association, the Willamette Valley Ram Sale, and the Clackamas and Washington counties livestock associations, among others.

Leffel’s work has been honored by such groups as the Oregon Seed Trade Association, Oregon Pork Producers, and the Oregon Clover Commission, which he helped organize and served as its first administrator. Since retirement, Leffel has continued to work as an agricultural consultant.

Others honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers are Thomas Allen, Jr., Larry Boersma, Kenton Chambers, Robert L. Stebbins, Benno Warkentin, J. Lowell Young and Tom Zinn, all of Corvallis; Don Bennett and Doug Bennett, Echo; Henry Turk, Grants Pass.

W. L. Andersen, Independence; Doug and Janie Tippett, Joseph; Cleve and Ellie Dumdi, Junction City; Frank King and Eddie Meeker, Klamath Falls; Arleigh Isley, LaGrande; Louise Grothe and Neil (C.J.) Taylor, Lakeview; Don Denman, Medford; Everett Seagoe, Merlin; James D. Wilson, Monmouth.

Tom Uriu, Ontario; Thomas Bedell and Gerne Newcomb, Philomath; William and Donna McCormack, Prineville; Robert Huckfeldt, Redmond; Betty Jo Smith, Shedd; Lawrence Fisher, Sublimity; Art and Marjorie Van Gilder, Wasco; Bill Bennett, Connell, Washington; Fred Hagelstein, Vancouver, Washington; Ellington Peek, Cottonwood, California; and William Kittredge, Missoula, Montana.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin